8.30.2011

Homemade(ish) Birthday Cake

I made my first attempt at decorating a birthday cake this weekend.  If you've never done it before, trust me when I say those little squigglies and dots can be so hard!!  A basic, two-layer cake took me two hours to put together, not including baking time.  I cheated a little bit and used boxed cake mix, but the icing and strawberry filling were homemade.  If you're curious, I used Smitten Kitchen's Swiss buttercream recipe for the frosting, with a small portion set aside for the blue dye.  For the strawberry filling, I combined 2 and 1/2 cups chopped strawberries, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 water, and 2 and 1/2 tbsp. corn starch in a medium saucepan and brought all ingredients to a boil.  Once the mixture was bubbling up with yumminess, I turned off the heat, transferred the filling to a bowl, and chilled it in the fridge while I made the icing.  That's it!  The decorating part is a whole other story.  The writing ended up being a little crooked but by the time I got to the dots, I felt like a pro.  (I didn't, actually, but I'm hoping that if I keep telling myself that then the next cake will be much easier!  A girl can dream...)

Bottom layer getting filled

Final product, complete with candles and super messy squiggles

We polished off that bad boy in the blink of an eye!

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9 comments

  1. It looks GREAT!!! Well done, I really think it's brilliant - especially if you say it's your first attempt? Love the colour scheme ;-) xo

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  2. wow, that looks AWESOME! jealous and now wanting cake for breakfast, haha....

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  3. That looks great..and yummy (thank you for making me hungry right before bed)
    Love the little dots!

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  4. Mmm looks DELICIOUS!! My birthday is in september, maybe you can make one for me? haha... yeah you can dream dear & never say never.. I love your photos & if you really believe it & want it you will be a great prof photographer one day! Dream Believe Achieve ❤

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  5. It looks SO good. Not bad for a first try! i want to swip one of those squiggles....

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  6. Wow that looks amazingly delicious! And I definitely bookmarked that frosting recipe ^^

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  7. Love love love the pictures and the cake looks delish..
    Thanks for your comment - your blog is lovely too. X

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